Florida Extends Registration Deadline After Voting Website Crashes

Florida’s voter registration website experienced more than a million requests per hour, prompting the state to extend the registration deadline.

#computers-and-the-internet, #desantis-ron, #florida, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Lagoa’s Role in Florida Will Be a Big Factor in Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Judge Barbara Lagoa lacks some of the usual credentials of a Supreme Court justice, but her roots in the Cuban-American community could make her an attractive choice for President Trump.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitution-us, #cuban-americans, #desantis-ron, #florida, #gonzalez-elian, #lagoa-barbara, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Politics Gutted Ex-Felon Voting Rights in Florida

It’s a cautionary tale about the messy process of citizen-led ballot initiatives and how a dominant political party can exert its power.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #desantis-ron, #ex-convicts, #florida, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Ex-Felons in Florida Must Pay Fines Before Voting, Appeals Court Rules

In a reversal, a court said Floridians who had completed sentences for felonies must pay fines and fees before voting. The State Constitution was amended in 2018 to restore their rights.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #desantis-ron, #ex-convicts, #florida, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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‘All In, All the Time’: Reopening Florida Schools Is Likened to Military Operation

Gov. Ron DeSantis, faced with reluctance by local schools to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, compared it to the campaign to get Osama bin Laden.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #states-us, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

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Trump’s Coronavirus Testing Chief Concedes a Lag in Test Results

With the reopening plans of schools and businesses hinging on rapid test results, the Trump administration’s testing czar says a two- to three-day turnaround “is not possible.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #giroir-brett-p, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #osterholm-michael-t, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Abruptly Cancels Republican Convention in Jacksonville: ‘It’s Not the Right Time’

After forcing the convention to move from Charlotte to Jacksonville because he wanted a big celebration, President Trump called off the Florida portion, citing the health risks from the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curry-lenny-1970, #desantis-ron, #jacksonville-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Within Days, Florida Family Loses Two Siblings to Coronavirus

Byron Francis died suddenly of the coronavirus in June. Eleven days later, his sister Mychaela had died of it, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #desantis-ron, #florida, #francis-byron-d-2020, #francis-mychaela-d-2020

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‘If It’s Here, It’s Here’: America’s Retirees Confront the Virus in Florida

As cases spike across Florida, the virus appears to have caught up with the residents of the Villages.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #disease-rates, #elderly, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #villages-the-fla

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With the Coronavirus Pandemic, Republicans Are Flunking Microbe Economics

Getting other people sick isn’t an “individual choice.”

#conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #european-union, #fauci-anthony-s, #health-clubs, #masks, #paul-rand, #quarantines, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #water-pollution

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Most Big School Districts Aren’t Ready to Reopen. Here’s Why.

All but two of the nation’s 10 largest districts exceed a key public health threshold, according to a New York Times analysis.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #broward-county-fla, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #disease-rates, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #miami-dade-county-fla, #runcie-robert-w, #san-diego-calif

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America Drank Away Its Children’s Future

As the school year looms, the pandemic is still raging.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #masks, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j

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America’s Governors Get Tested for a Virus That Is Testing Them

The pandemic has put many governors of both parties under a spotlight for which none of their aides and consultants have a playbook.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #governors-us, #ige-david, #inslee-jay, #states-us

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Florida Records Nation’s One-Day Peak for New Virus Cases

The state recorded 15,300 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, easily passing the previous one-day high of 12,274 set at the height of the outbreak in New York in April.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #masks

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DeSantis Is Said to Quietly Hinder Fund-Raising for Trump Convention

A personal dispute has prompted Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, to discourage donors from contributing, people familiar with the discussions said. His top fund-raiser denies any attempt to undercut the convention.

#campaign-finance, #desantis-ron, #florida, #jacksonville-fla, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Disney World Draws Excitement and Incredulity as Reopening Nears

The mega-resort will welcome back visitors on Saturday even as coronavirus cases in Florida remain high. In doing so, Disney steps into a politicized debate.

#actors-equity-assn, #amusement-and-theme-parks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #labor-and-jobs, #masks, #orlando-fla, #walt-disney-company

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As the Virus Surged, Florida Partied. Tracking the Revelers Has Been Tough.

With the coronavirus exploding, trying to trace the contacts of every positive case has become unrealistic in Florida, especially among elusive partygoers.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #florida, #miami-fla, #parties-social

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I’m Not Ready to Go Back to Restaurants. Is Anyone?

Restaurateurs have become de facto public-health officials as Covid-19 cases spike all over the country, and it’s a problem.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #garcetti-eric-m, #instagram-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #lee-william-byron-1959, #masks, #quarantines, #restaurants

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Jacksonville, Trump’s New RNC Site, Will Now Require Face Masks

Republicans moved their national convention to Florida to avoid social distancing measures and masks, but officials in Jacksonville are mandating new precautions as coronavirus infections surge.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curry-lenny-1970, #desantis-ron, #florida, #jacksonville-fla, #masks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #republican-national-committee, #republican-national-convention, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Florida’s Covid Cases Up Fivefold in 2 Weeks: ‘The Numbers Are Scary’

A surge in coronavirus cases has prompted state officials to prohibit alcohol sales in bars and close Miami beaches for the coming holiday. But will it be enough?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #disease-rates, #florida, #miami-fla, #miami-dade-county-fla

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Florida Smirked at New York’s Coronavirus Crisis. Now It Has Its Own.

With infections surging in Florida while they retreat in New York, the two states and their governors reflect the shifting course of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #desantis-ron, #florida, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Florida Smirked at New York’s Virus Crisis. Now It Has Its Own.

With infections surging in Florida while they retreat in New York, the two states and their governors reflect the shifting course of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #desantis-ron, #florida, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Wonderful World of Trump Worsts

Just don’t call him Tweety.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #desantis-ron, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #education-k-12, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Florida Law Restricting Felon Voting Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

A federal judge said the law would result in discrimination against felons who cannot afford to pay court fines and fees.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #desantis-ron, #discrimination, #ex-convicts, #florida, #hinkle-robert-l, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-and-voters

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Isolated Key West Will Reopen. For Some People, It Will Be Too Late.

The archipelago has been accessible since late March mainly to those who live or work there, keeping the number of Covid-19 cases low. But what happens now?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #desantis-ron, #florida-keys, #key-west-fla, #travel-and-vacations

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Grim Florida Records Recount Lonely Deaths at Home

Records kept by medical examiners in Florida offer a window into how the coronavirus has killed more than 1,600 people there. Many died at home.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #desantis-ron, #florida

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Trump Administration’s Message on Reopening Continues to Be Contradictory

The president said the coronavirus wouldn’t come back while Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would be “a bad fall” and the attorney general threatened to sue states for enforcing restrictions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #epidemics, #florida, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mutineers, Raise Your Hands

Almost every movie reminds Trump of … something it’s not.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #florida, #georgia, #governors-us, #kemp-brian-p, #noem-kristi, #quarantines, #south-dakota, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

The guidelines released by the president effectively mean that any restoration of American society will take place on a patchwork basis.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #desantis-ron, #fauci-anthony-s, #governors-us, #inslee-jay, #midwestern-states-us, #newsom-gavin, #northeastern-states-us, #southern-states-us, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

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The WWE Is Now Considered an ‘Essential Service’ in Florida

Officials in the state permitted “employees at professional sports and media production with a national audience” to hold an event if it is closed to the public.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #florida, #mcmahon-vince, #quarantines, #world-wrestling-entertainment-inc, #wrestling

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The Costly Toll of Florida Not Shutting Down Spring Break During Coronavirus

People got sick — and some died — after attending crowded parties and theme parks in Florida as the coronavirus spread.

#beaches, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #epidemics, #festivals, #florida, #kinsa-inc, #miami-fla, #miami-beach-fla, #spring-season, #suarez-francis-x-1977, #travel-and-vacations

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Scapegoating New York for the Coronavirus Ignores Its Desperate Need

Blaming the city for coronavirus is a way of letting the federal government off the hook.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #ford-gerald-rudolph-jr, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j

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